INVERNESS HIGHLAND GAMES AND GALA WEEKEND REVIEW 
INVERNESS HIGHLAND GAMES & GALA WEEKEND REVIEW



2019 STONEMASON STONE CHAMPION
Luke Crowley (USA)


2019 WOMEN'S HEAVY CHAMPION
Katie Crowley (USA)


2019 MEN'S HEAVY CHAMPION
Vladislav Tulacek (Czeck Republic)


2019 HIGHLANDS STRONGEST MAN AND STRONGEST WOMAN
Jamie Gorrian and Mary Anderson



The festivities commenced on Friday 19th July with performances by the City of Inverness Pipe Band; the Elizabeth Fraser School of Highland Dancing and members of the Inverness Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; before the 2019 Highlands Strongest Man and Strongest Woman Championships took place before a large crowd in Northern Meeting Park.

On Games Day Saturday approximately 7000 spectators were treated to one of the most spectacular Inverness Highland Games in recent years.

There was a special cheer at the Opening Ceremony when the Games Committee marked the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Inverness Royal British Legion Pipe Band by inducting the entire band into the Gamesí Hall of Fame.

Reigning SHGA World Champion Vladislav Tulacek (Czeck Republic) won the Men's event and 2017 World Lightweight Champion Katie Crowley (USA) was victorious in the Women's event.

As usual the struggle to launch the 252 lb Stonemasonís Stone at the end of the day generated the biggest cheer and when Luke Crowley (USA) managed to clear the bar suspended 5 foot in the air Bught Park erupted in joy.

Making a welcome return to event will be the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery and the Highland Gunners were just one of the attractions in a show field that contained Scotlandís Biggest Inter Clan Gathering, Highland Dancing, the Exclusively Highlands Craft Fair, Horneís Fun Fair and the prestigious Solo Piping competitions organised by the Inverness Piping Society.

The weekend ended with the introduction of 2 new events which attracted an estimated 10,000 spectators to Sunday's Inverness Gala Day.

Proud Ness and Ruff Ness were extremely well received and look set to become firm favourites in years to come.

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